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“It is to your advantage that I go away,” Jesus said, “for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” At Pentecost, we celebrate how Jesus kept his promise and sent the Holy Spirit to be our Advocate. Why is that to our advantage? Pastor Luke looks at Numbers 11:16–17, 24–30 in “All the Lord’s People,” a special message for Pentecost.
Talk It Over
OPEN. 1. When is a recent occasion when you threw yourself a “pity party?” How long did it last? How often do you feel like throwing one?
OBSERVE. Read Numbers 11: 16-17, 24-30.
2. Why does God give his Spirit to the 70 leaders? What is the purpose that God wants them to accomplish? (v.17) How does their prophesying (v.25) align with that purpose?
3. Read Numbers 11: 1,10-14. Why was Moses frustrated? What did he ask of God?
4. If people were unhappy under Moses’ leadership, what might the young man (v. 27) have been thinking when he saw Eldad and Medad? What might Joshua have been thinking? How does Moses reassure them?
5. According to v. 17, what is expected of those people on whom God’s Spirit rests?
6. What do we learn about God’s Spirit that he is able to rest on the seventy elders outside the camp at the same time he rests on two elders inside it?
7. Read John 16: 7. What does Jesus say? Does he explain why that is the case? How might your answer to Question 6 help explain Jesus’ meaning?
8. Read the beginning of the story of Pentecost in Acts 2: 1-4. How is that a fulfillment of Moses’ hope? (v.29) How is it different from what happened with the elders?
IMPLICATIONS. 9. In light of how you answered Questions 5 and 8, what is one of the major reasons that Christians receive the Holy Spirit? (Consider John 13: 12-17.)
10. How have you been frustrated as a result of your involvement in the Church? What help could God offer you through his Holy Spirit?